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David H. Bailey
-- Who Is He?
David H. Bailey -- Who Is He?
|David H. Bailey -- A Brief Biography|
These people taught me a lot, which I try to repay by passing on their teachings,
filtered through my life's experiences.
|Walter Marcuse||First instrumental teacher and band director from elementary school through sophomore year of high school. Mr. Marcuse also taught a seminar in music my senior year. Mr. Marcuse had a brilliant mind and was a brilliant musician and wasn't afraid to share his opinions and experiences with us young and impressionable budding musicians. He was very patient with me when I was a less-than-ideal music student who didn't work very hard, and he steered me into a musical career by his advice. He never suggested I should pursue music, but the things he suggested I try eventually lead to my decision, as they lead to my increasing sense of musical self-worth. He was a very patient man, and I try to model much of my private teaching on his gently patience. He obviously saw something in me that I was totally unaware of at the time, and if it weren't for him I wouldn't be involved in music today.|
|Helen Goodwin||General music teacher in elementary school and first orchestra director (final 2 years in high school). She showed me that playing trumpet in an orchestra could be fun, and was very encouraging all through my high school career even though she was aware that my involvement in the orchestra was not my favorite thing at the time.|
|George W. Black||Band director, final 2 years of high school. George has a wonderful outlook on music and life, and opened my eyes to a much more relaxed view of music than I had previously experienced. He was the leader on the first job I earned money for, and as the founder/director of the Hanover-Norwich Community Band, he showed me the wonderful world of community music which has been my major musical performance outlet all through my life. George is responsible for me caring so passionately about communtiy music groups.|
|Peter Re||Theory, harmony professor at Colby College, orchestra conductor, some conducting pointers. Mr. Re is a phenomenal musician who it was my great good fortune to meet. His talent is so great that I was constantly in awe of him, and the few orchestral rehearsals I had the privilege to play in under his baton were the most nerve-wracking and also the most musically satisfying orchestral rehearsals I have played in. He showed me a musical world that was at a level I had no experience with and was totally intimidated by.|
|Robert Hudson||First Colby College band director, taught me basic conducting and showed me a lot of band literature I was unfamiliar with. Showed me a much larger musical world than I had previously experienced. Opened the door to the world of Early Music.|
|John Rynne||Colby College band director my junior year, private trumpet teacher. He taught me a lot about teaching (through his teaching methods) and I find that I am constantly thinking back to things he taught me as I work with students of my own. A great trumpet player and a band director who was willing to give me a lot of leeway in working with the Colby College band so that I was able to learn far more about running a band than I probably would have learned in a larger music department. I was greatly saddened to learn that John Rynne died in June of 2010.|
|Gordon W. Bowie||Colby College band director senior year, conductor of the Bangor Band, trombonist extraordinaire, composer/arranger. Gordon taught me much about how the proper attitude to any musical situation can make it a great success. He is one of the most well-rounded musicians I know, with one of the broadest ranges of musical abilities and tastes. I can't think of a musical style he doesn't understand and hasn't performed. One of my major mentors and models in this musical life. The death of Gordon Bowie in January of 2012 left a huge hole in the musical world. I am thankful for all that he did for me and for his friendship and musical companionship.|
|Burt Bonebrake||Instrument Repair instructor at Western Iowa Tech Community College who has retired. He had been an auto mechanic who was tired of ending the day covered in grease, and so learned instrument repair. He could not play a note, but was very meticulous and knew what was necessary for an instrument to play well and passed that attention to detail on to his students. I am still repairing musical instruments professionally, having studied with Burt Bonebrake during the 1975-1976 school year. He has been a major influence on my life, both through his terrific instrument repair skills and his wonderful and wonderfully kind personality.|